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happened in benghazi, there's a natural reaction of americans to say let's pull back. but we know what happens when we take an isolationist policy. things only get worse. there's no protecting yourself in a world that is so global and, by the way, let's remember pakistan has nuclear weapons, and so completely disengaging and leaving them and abandoning sort of any form of relationship is very, very dangerous. >> all right. thanks very much to fran townsend. next, a member of congress cleared of ethics violations after a three-year investigation and a pretty amazing price tag for taxpayers. so does that add up? >>> and later, members of a jailed russian punk band have gained the support of yoko ono ahead of a crt hearing that could set them free. the husband of one of the band members and his little daughter comes "outfront" tonight. ♪ lord, you got no reason ♪ you got no right ♪ ♪ i find myself at the wrong place ♪ [ male announcer ] the ram 1500 express. ♪ it says a lot about you. ♪ in a deep, hemi-rumble sort of way. guts. glory. ram. in a deep, hemi-rumble sort of way.
at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's prime minister now acknowledging that the attack was pre-planned. you'll recall from "360's" exclusive reporting last night, they talked about never-ending security threats in benghazi. a source familiar with ambassador stevens' thinking telling us the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise in islamic extremism, the growing al qaeda presence in libya and said he was on an al qaeda hit list. today the secretary of state hillary clinton was asked about that notion. >> i have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there's any basis for that. >> her remarks notwithstanding, we think our reporting is solid and our own people have been digging deeper, including arwa damon, who has been in benghazi with the breaking news. arwa, first to you, there is still a disagreement between the u.s. and libyan governments over whether or not the benghazi attacks were pre-planned. you interviewed the libyan prime minister earlier today. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well, the prime minister was telling us they do, in fact, at this stage b
consulate in benghazi was a deliberate and organized terrorist assault carried out by extremists affiliated or sympathetic with al qaeda, a flat statement just issued. let's discuss the political fallout in our strategy session. joining us now, the democratic strategist and cnn political contributor donna brazile, along with david frum, contributing editor at "the daily beast" and "newsweek." david, a powerful statement just released by the director of national intelligence. it totally contradicts what the administration was saying in the days that immediately followed the killing of ambassador stevens and the three other americans. what do you make of this? >> totally supports what my colleague reported three days ago who was the first with this story. what it makes is the american ambassador dead, the administration's first impulse was to find ways to cover itself and avoid acknowledging the mistake the ambassador had completely inadequate security in a dangerous place. and it did that by pitting on this youtube video of the maker on his way to prison and charged under other offenses. in
veteran who served in missions from baghdad to benghazi. tyrone woods and glen doherty were former navy s.e.a.l.s who were working as diplomatic security officers at the u.s. consulate. the bodies were met by u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton, vice president joe biden and president barack obama. >> but even as voices of mistrust and suspicion seem to divide countries and cultures from one another, the united states of america will never retreat from the world. >> we've seen the anti-american protests popping up in more than a dozen countries now, but not all of them have been violent like what we've seen in egypt or libya. many more of the protests have been peaceful like this one in pakistan, with muslim demonstrators voicing their anger over an anti-muslim film produced in the u.s. >> some of the largest anti-american protests have been in cairo where officials were forced to build large concrete walls in the streets just to keep protesters away from the u.s. embassy there. ian lee joins me now from cairo. we know at points there's been lots of people, thousands of people, at leas
are in benghazi for us right now. what's the scene like there? >> well, everyone we have been speaking to and i literally just landed here two hours ago, is incredibly distraught of what took place. they are in utter shock and want to make clear how anguished they are over what transpired. they want the world to know, this is not libya or an action that was supported by the vast majority of libyans. this most certainly is not why they want revolution. many of them reiterated against the fact that they expect them to the united states to nato for their aid. that being said, all of them want to see their government disarm with these gangs that are roaming about with basically pure impunity. some of these gangs are remnants of the revolutionary forces that were established during the fighting that took place that has been robust to lay down their weapons for a variety of reasons. some are more extremists and they emerge from these evolution nary forces. this brings to light the sinister -- but outside of the authority of the government itself. the realization here very much that this is not the pa
apart from other nations. this was their work in benghazi and this is the work we will carry on. >> president obama today talking of the mission that so many americans do and what four american died doing. we put them front and center tonight. ambassador christopher stevens, sean smith, glen doherty and tyrone woods. joining me on the phone is ambassador stevens' stepfather. i am so sorry for your loss and please extend our condolences to your entire family. what do you want people to know about your stepson? >> well, i think what you learn today, it tells me what his legacy was at the anderson air force base when the caskets were brought back, 800 members of the state department were there and the president for the first time he spoke at one of these ceremonial dignified transfers and secretary clinton spoke and they all expressed the understanding that chris's commitment to libya and to the country has left a legacy that will live after him. so this is what i'd like people to know, that he was beloved by his colleagues in the state department and from the people of libya. the
take. the images of the american embassy burning in benghazi might have conjured up memories of tehran in 1979,but the analogy is false. in libya, the government is not fomenting anti-americanism. it's lamb meanting it. the violence there appears to have been the work of small extremist elements that lack much popular support. but the storm has spread from libya. across the middle east there have been protests rallying against the united states and the west in general. even in these places, however, keep in mind that these crowds number in the hundreds, perhaps thousands. in countries with tens of millions of people. they make for vivid images be u they don't tell the whole story. what can we say about these places and protests? first in many of these countries, particularly those that have toppled dictatorships, the most important reality is not of bad government but of weak government. in libya, yemen, and even egypt, the state has lost its ability to control its public. in a sense, this might be progress. egypt didn't see protests like this before because mubarak's regime would arre
that's erupting. starting with kcairo. benghazi and now, beyond. you wrote an op-ed "the new york times" about all of this saying the republicans are in disarray, they're divided about national security and foreign policy. so, did mr. romney's handling, his comments following the unrest in egypt further kind of underscore a real girth of understanding if not confusion? >> yeah, it's a little bit of both and i think if you see mitt romney hours after our top diplomat and three other americans were murdered in libya, he was trying to use this as a political case and then the reaction to romney within his own party. many republicans shaking their heads and criticizing and saying this is not the moment. some even noting that when reagan and george h.w. bush ran for president in 1980 and we had servicemen killed trying to rescue hostages in iran, reagan didn't politicize that moment, neither did bush, so it seems that the republican party has lost its way. there are so many splits inside of the party about spending and how do we predict power in the world that many republicans really don't k
of libya, there's a spontaneous demonstration tide where local benghazi with signs apologized. i think for so long, so -- so to have egypt to be a big question mark and to have him be missing in action when there's something to say for him to be considered an ally of the united states, he needs to come out and say something. >> jim frederick and richard wolf, thank you for joining me on this breaking news story. >>> coming up, rush limbaugh says that paul showing president obama in the lead are a conspiracy. i don't know how he's going to explain the latest fox news poll. and john mccain is in the rewrite tonight. in the united states senate today, he taught mitt romney a lesson. chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. ♪ something to me ♪ that nobody else could do ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪ you give it bold new styling, unsurpassed luxury and nearly 1,000 improvements. introducing the redesigned 2013 glk. see your authorized mercedes-benz dealer for exce
capital of tripoli to honor the four americans killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. they will be holding a memorial service momentarily for u.s. ambassador chris stevens, former navy seals glen dougherty and tyrone woods, and information officer sean smith. officials believe the four men were killed by radical islamic insurgents who used a protest over an anti-muslim film as a diversion to attack the consulate. ala gorani has more on the kinds of concerns that ambassador stevens apparently had about his personal security or the security of his fellow comrades there. >> right, and of american interests in eastern libya and other parts of libya as well. you know, all the way back in june of this year a senior libyan official was already telling cnn that u.s. drones were flying over suspected jihady camps, that this was already a cause for concern. according to the libyan official, and this is something, again, that was said a few months ago back in june long before this attack on the u.s. consulate that there are 200 to 300 men under the control of radical islamist co
of militants in a place like benghazi that go against the embassy or going against the embassy and ambassadors of the embassy itself in cairo, be egypt. >> once again, the guy doesn't know what he's talking about or he's 25 years out of date. it was a product of the cold war when we had to have the ability to fight the russians on the plains of europe at the same time. that cost an awful lot of money. but we're facing a very different sort of threat now, a meta more fis threat. al qaeda, terrorism, and so on. and so the military has abandoned the two war strategy and, you know, obviously romney wants to go -- see, he still thinks that the soviet union exists and is the greatest threat we have out there. i mean, it's really remarkable that a guy who is as smart as he is is so misinformed. >> nia-malika henderson, could it be a strong intellectual footing in the cold war scenarios, they really do have a more -- i hate to say this, but an intellectual comfort between us and the russians and never really adapted to the situation where no matter how many troops we had in ben benghazi, you can't fir
were ripped down and in egypt -- i'm sorry, in benghazi, we had an ambassador and three other people killed, his body dragged through the streets after it's reported in "the washington times," he was sodomized before he was killed. this wasn't supposed to happen under president obam a. he went to corow, world peace was going to break out as he went on this apology tour and this is part of his speech in cairo in 2009. >> i am grateful for your hospitality and the hospitality of the people of egypt. and i am also proud to carry with me the good will of the american people in a greeting of peace from muslim communities in my country. [cheering] >> i have come here to cairo to seek a new beginning, between the united states and muslims around the world. that is what i will try to do today, to speak the truth as best i can. humbled by the task before us and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. america respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagre
yo from the last minutes of chris stevens life. arwa is live for us in benghazi. i know we've had a chance to view this video. tell us about the ambassador's last moments and what we're going to see in this video. >> reporter: well, what this video shows, erin is a group of men in a fairly chaotic scene crawling out of a window that they had just broken into, trying to reach this part of the compound. the doors, the windows all had bars on them. you hear a voice shouting they found a dead body. in the midst of this chaos, you hear someone screaming, he's alive he's alive. and they start chanting, god is great. at this point in time, according to the young man who filmed this, nobody realized this was the ambassador. they knew it was a foreigner, they suspected, perhaps, it was an american, it didn't cross anyone's mind that it was, in fact, the ambassador himself. he says they believe he was still alive, because there was a pulse. a very weak one, and his eyes were moving. in the ten minutes that it took for them to be able to transport him to the hospital, it appears that he died
of the ambassador in benghazi and three other americans there. it appears to be clearly an assassination. >> the arab spring was never about democracy. we have a lot of bbc journalists reporting and talking to a few english-speaking, well groomed professional egyptians and then reading their facebook. they extrapolated from that very small example to say 100 billion egyptians wanted democracy. 100 billion egyptians wanted to get out from under hosey hosni mubarak and also wanted to assert their religious identity. the arab spring was an entire construction of mrs. clinton's mind and never really existed in the sense it was described. lou: secretary clinton saying that the ambassador has a loss to the arab spring. what is your reaction to those words and we have shared with the audience tonight? >> i think that clinton may know more about the middle east and jay carney, but not much. mrs. clinton has blood on her hands everywhere. they stuck the ambassador and his team into the middle of a city without guards and the city provided more suicide bombers in iraq than any country except for s
an employee at the american consulate in benghazi was killed today. good evening. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. attacks on diplomatic compounds in both egypt and libya. joining me is the chairman of the house intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers. thank you very much for coming in. i want to get to 9/11, but there's some breaking news that we're following and i want to get your sense. an american diplomat has apparently been killed. people stormed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. can you update us? >> it's my understanding there were nearly two dozen armed individuals that coordinated explosions and other things. this is the same site that was attacked with an ied about a month or so ago. very, very concerning, and it's concerning that this is a repeat target for them and that this may have been more successful because of the large scale of it. so it's, again, very, very concerning. we have seen al qaeda elements in libya spring up, as we have seen in tunisia, as well. all of that is concerning. we still don't know for certain yet, as i speak to you today or
tonight," we're told that an official has been killed in benghazi. this after a day of violence at the diplomatic post. armed men set the american consulate on fire after a protest against an american-produced movie they say insultses the prophet muhammad. this hours after egyptian protesters scaled the walls at the embassy in cairo ander to do tore down the american flag. cnn's jomana occur afterno ancj the phone. and i want to start with jomana. what is the latest you heard from on the ground in benghazi? >> reporter: well, we're hearing very little from the u.s. embassy, but according to eyewitnesss, there is reports of libyan casualties as a result of these clashes. as a militant group tried to store the u.s. embassy. they succeeded and did storm the u.s. embassy. according to eyewitnesss, libyan security forces were engaged in heavy clashes with this armed group. a radical militant group based in eastern libya and fired rocket-propelled grenades at the u.s. consulate building. libyan army troops deployed. the road to the consulate blocked by military vehicles. now we have c
the streets of benghazi myself, and despite what we saw in that horrific incident where some mob was hijacked ultimately by a handful of extremists, the united states is extremely popular in libya and the outpouring of sympathy and support for ambassador stevens and his colleagues from the government and from people as evidence of that, the fact is, candy, that this is a turbulent time. it's a time of dramatic change. it's a change that the united states has backed because we understand that when democracy takes root, when human rights and people's freedom of expression can be manifested, it may lead to turbulence in the short-term, but over the long-term, that is in the interest of the united states. the mobs we've seen on the outside of these embassies are small minority. they're the ones who have largely lost in these emerging democratic processes, and just as the people of these countries are not going to allow their lives to be hijacked by a dictator, they're not going to allow an extremist mob to hijack their future and their freedom, and we're going to continue to stand with the vast m
steefb stevens and three other than americans were killed at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. u.s. officials have not arrested anyone directly linked to the attack. they have focused on members of the militia sympathetic to al qaeda. but the arrests they have made are of people outside that night but not having to do with the attack. arwa damon has been fighting for answers. it's been hard. she is in benghazi, and a few moments ago, i asked her how the investigation is going. >> reporter: it's been incredibly frustrating to try to get a straight answer from the government, because even within the government itself, we're still continuing to hear these conflicting accounts. how many people have actually been arrested? how many of them were associated with the attack? what sort of leads has the government come across? at this point in time, you still have the head of libya's general national congress effectively the country's president, saying that amongst those detained, there were some foreigners that are believed to have links to al qaeda. that this was a preplanned attack carr
, ambassador stevens talked about the never-ending security threats in benghazi. the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise of islamic extremism, the growing al qaeda presence in libya and said he was an on al qaeda hit list. the secretary of state, hilary clinton, asked about that notion. >> i have absolutely no information or reason to believe that there is any basis for that. >> her remarks notwithstanding, we think our reporting is solid and our own people have been digging deeper, including arwa damon, has been in benghazi with breaking news, and elise lab bot in washington. ar wa, there is still a disagreement between the libyan and u.s. governments on whether the attacks were replanned. what can you tell us? >> the prime minister believes this was not a spontaneous event. they are saying so far, eight people are in custody who were directly linked to this attack and that they are in pursuit of others, especially in pursuit of the leadership. however, those individuals are a coalition of different individuals with different affiliations with the extremist vein running within them.
generally, not about the attack in benghazi. now, u.s. intelligence sources tell cnn tonight that in the immediate after math of the attack, they thought the attack might have been, their word, spontaneous. okay, this is going to be a crucial word to define. what exactly is immediate aftermath? because the white house and the state department stuck with the spontaneous version of events for eight days. >> we are very cautious about drawing any conclusions with regard to who the perpetrators were, what their motivations were, whether it was premedicated. >> this was not a preplanned, premeditated attack. >> based on the information we had at the time and have to this day, we, we do not have evidence that it was premeditated. >> all right. these same people apparently knew a terrorist attack was perpetrated by al-qaeda within 24 hours after the attack, so the lack of information sharing does not seem to add up. tonight, representative peter king is calling for the resignation of u.s. ambassador to the u.n. susan rice for what he says was misleading comments about the attacks in
with, changing his story. his administration described the crime that had taken place in benghazi is related to the video. it wasn't video. it was an act of terrorism. this story has changed. this is the background. so much for the rest is a good deal of revision of history. cheryl: you think the critics can get past the fact that he is not meeting with benjamin netanyahu or any other foreign leaders. he is going on talk shows. he is on "the view." he is going to dinners here in new york. is that really an appropriate thing to do during the general assembly when you have a crisis in the middle east? >> when you appear on "the view", you don't care about international diplomacy. a long time now, everything has been tethered to his campaign. "the view" gets him voters. we know that. president netanyahu does not vote in this election. so, really, i think you can describe the foreign policy of barack obama as a foreign policy of david axelrod. it's all tied to a selection. cheryl: you mentioned his example. back in 2009 he made a big speech in cairo, egypt. it was big hope is when the
.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. at 10:20 tuesday night before details of the attack were clear, governor mitt romney issued a statement accusing the president of apologizing for american values. it said "it's disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn atax on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who wage the attacks." just after midnight wednesday, obama's campaign responded, accusing romney of taking a political swipe during the crisis, saying "we are shocked that at a time when the united states of america is confronting the tragic death of one. our diplomatic officers in libya, governor romney would choose to launch a political attack." at 6:21 a.m., cnn reported that u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens was killed and learned three other americans had also been killed. later that morning, romney issued his own timeline of events, stating the embassy in cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached. romney indicated that the u.s. apologized for the film after the attack, which is not the case. in fact, the embassy stat
, militants attacked the u.s. consul in benghazi and killed the ambassador and three american men close to him. >>> want to talk to general wesley clarke, general, thank you for joining us. can u.s. forces help keep these consulates and embassies safer? >> certainly they can. first of all, forces around the consulates can provide direct defense. they can also provide deterrents and simply the word that we're putting additional forces in there has to be heard by people. the forces offshore can provide reinforcements, provide additional intelligence and a lot going on behind the scenes, you can be sure of that. our intelligence agencies, our pounding the beat, looking for the source of the attacks, during the after action review as to what happened and why. looking to find ways to prevent and get early warning of future attacks there, is a lot going on that we're not seeing. >> general, some of these countries like yemen and sudan say they don't want u.s. troops sent there. hodo military leaders handle that? can the pentagon send troops to nonhostile places where they aren't wanted? >> well, i t
, there was an attack as you know on the american embassy in benghazi in libya. the ambassador christopher stevens was murdered. do you condemn the attack which caused his murder? >> translator: fundamentally, first of all, any action that is provocative offends the religious thoughts and feelings of any people, we condemn. likewise, we condemn any type of extremism. of course, what took place was ugly, offending the holy prophet is quite ugly. this has very little or nothing to do with freedom and freedom of speech. this is the weakness of -- and the abuse of freedom and in many places, it is a crime. it shouldn't take place and i do hope the day will come in which politicians will not seek to offend those whom others hold holy, but we also believe that this must also be resolved in a humane atmosphere, in a participatory environment, and we do not like anyone losing their lives or being killed for any reason anywhere in the world. >> there were protesters all over the middle east now threatening the staff of american embassies, threatening to kill them, to behead them. do you think they should s
in benghazi, libya. our sources reveal that not single fbi investigators has set foot at the crime scene 15 days after the terrorist attack. and that the crime scene has still not been secured. those are just two headlines, two new pieces of information
break news of a coverup that the benghazi attack was preplanned. can't rally last? and is mitt romney's problem mitt romney or mitt's own message?" the cutler report" is just moments away. giants sunday night on nbc. this could be me monday morning. see you monday! hey, larry. what are you looking at tonight. >> i'm worried about the economic stats here at home. they do not look good. i'm larry kudlow. this is "the kudlow report." our top story, breaking news coming in. the obama white house circling its wagons around u.n. ambassador susan rice. lawmakers are demanding her resignation and the answer to this, was there an absolute security breakdown and a subsequent cover-up of the 9/11 terror attack in libya? within 24 hours, they all knew
to the consulate in libya killing four people including the u.s. ambassador to libya. the violence in benghazi erupting after a film produced by a developer. it is a movie not flattering to the religion. all of this horror and ugliness over a movie that without these horrible scenes most of us would never have heard of let alone watched. i return to a discussion we had earlier. why do we remain so dependent on middle eastern oil. a perceived insult in a small film spurs all of this and we depend on them for energy in this country. if this is not a wakeup call i don't know what is. why not allow the keystone pipeline with canada which is our friend and would create more domestic oil or how about an energy policy which requires natural gas. all of this doesn't mean we can't still pursue clean energy ideas? isn't that better than depending on a region that does this because of a movie? it seems to me this is where policy and businesses can work together. it is not happening and the situation has become deadly. it may not be the last time. before we take a look at the day on wall street today wher
of the benghazi incident in which he was deemed by most people, including many on his own side to have jumped in with a critical statement of the president. really without knowing a the facts and turning -- when most people thought that was the wrong thing to be doing as an american politician at that time. >> well, absolutely. when our country's attacked in any way, shape or form, we need to pull together, we need to come together, not separate at that point. i mean, you want what i would do over there? i would do what the pinnacle of the republican party, the hero, whatever modern day ronald reagan did. do you recall back in the '80s when the barracks in lebanon was hit, did ronald reagan go to war? no, he got us the hell out of there. and that's where i stand on this. if these people don't want us over there, let's close our embassies, i stand with ron paul, let's get rid of foreign aid altogether. because as ron paul put it, the definition of foreign aid, that's taking from america's poor and giving it to another country's rich. >> hang on. hang on, jesse. >> wait a minute. >> you wait a
that the ambassador was not in tripoli, he was in benghazi, that visit was supposed to be confidential. they knew where the safe house was. put all of those things together and the notion that this was somehow due to some film is ridiculous. of course it was a terrorist attack. >> the name that's been floating around of this supposed ring leader, the guy who is supposed to have been released from guantanamo bay in 2007, that would have been on your watch. are you familiar with him? do you remember him? would you have been aware of -- >> no. also, the justice department had zero to do with guantanamo and i don't know whether it was now today or not. >> i wouldn't even have been aware of him being released? >> no, he was in custody of the defense department. but the fact is that the alumni of guantanamo have resurfaced, whether it was during the bush administration or the current administration at an alarming rate. the recidivism rate is upwards of 20% and that's the people we know about, because they have either been killed or captured again. god knows how many of them are out there fighting that
had a rough week because of the benghazi incident in which he was deemed by most people including many on his side to have jumped in with a critical segment of the president without really knowing all of the facts and turning it into a political football when most people thought it was the wrong thing to be doing. >> oh, i agree. as an american politician at that time. >> oh, absolutely, when our country is attacked in any shape or form we need to pull together and come together and not separate at that point. you want to know what i would do over there? i would do what the pinkel of the modern day ronald reagan would do? you recall in the '80s when the barracks were hit and over 200 marines were killed? did ronald reagan go to war? no. he got us the hell out of there. if they don't want us over there, then close the embassies and i stand with ron paul, get rid of the foreign aid altogether, because as ron paul put it, the definition of foreign aid is taking from america's poor and giving to another country's rich. >> well, wait a minute -- >> wait a minute. >> it is my show. wait a mi
, in benghazi, about a rising militancy extremism in the area. what the state department says is there was a small attack on the u.s. consulate in june, an ied attack and several other attacks on foreign targets and the state department says that they beefed up security at this diplomatic facility, significantly, in the months leading up to the attack -- the september 11 attack. but what they said is what they were preparing for, what they were trying to guard off against they couldn't foresee the kind of massive fire assault that they saw that day. they were beefing up security in accordance with some of the other attacks that pattern of threats out there and they say that nobody could have predicted the amount of fire fight they had that day. obviously we see now those security measures were not enough to save ambassador stevens and those other three americans. >> what about today and looking ahead, in terms of this region. how is the state department, how will they beef up security there? >> well, it is a really good question. brooke, after those massive attacks on the u.s.
administration handled this? we have learned at cnn that the u.s. consulate in benghazi did not meet standard u.s. consulate security requirements. this is obviously a rather damning thing to be discovering at this point, considering what ended up happening there. jon huntsman told me he thinks consulates there who are not beefed up on security, shouldn't the administration be responding to that? >> i think the administration is responding to it. the state department goes to regular security procedures all over the world and updates them to take into account how the situation on the ground changes. i spent a lot of time in iraq and as we were transitioning from our military presence there to the state department presence there, we looked very closely at the security procedures at our con sue lates and embassies. so i expect in the aftermath of these incidents, there will be another review and steps will be taken to improve security where needed. >> let's talk about libya and the mixed messages. it still seems confusing to me. on the 16th of september, our ambassador called the attacks spontaneo
of four americans in benghazi was an act of terror, and how troubled the subsequent investigation into that deadly assault is turning out to be. today, 16 days after the attack, defense secretary leon panetta
in the ruins of the american consulate of benghazi, libya. tonight, we're the first it tell you why. the likely reason and from a top law enforcement official. four americans as you know were murdered in the assault, one american ambassador, christopher stevens, that was 2 1/2 weeks ago, 2 1/2 weeks, that saw the administration describe this first as a spontan
official has been killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. we're just getting this information coming in. we know there was also an attack on the u.s. embassy today. this, the 11th anniversary of 9/11 on the u.s. embassy and cairo, as well. erin burnett "outfront" will have moch much more at the top of the hour. >>> few politicians are more closely associated with 9/11 than rudy guiliani. after the attacks, the former new york city mayor became known as america's mayor as he helped lead the nation forward. you've described 9/11 as both the worst day and the best day. explain why you said that. >> the worst day, because it was the worst attack, domestic attack in the history of my c country, or you have to go back to the revolution and the war of 1812 and civil war to look for similar kinds of things. certainly, new york city. and at the same time, it was a day of more heroism, more patriotic fervor, more assistance, more charitable action and activity than i ever saw, ever, in my life. i never saw this kind of desire to want the
now u.s. marines are speeding to benghazi where they will help secure.s. e t u the attack occued. u now. >> repter: officialsere at e state dtmt are begig ce tbeen speaking to t uhad three thgs g on. by regularlibyans, but then you had a very targeted attack on the attack in benghazi by these heavy heavily-armed militants. we understand there were a couple dozen of them. they were using rpgs. very serious attack. as they attack the consulate, it starts a fire. and that is where the story with the ambassador comes in. the ambassador, mr. stevens, had been in benghazi temporarily. he's normally in the capital tripoli. also shawn smith, 10-year veteran, was also there on a temporary assignment. they were inside that consulate. fire breaks out. there are now three people along with one security person into a safe room. that safe room becomes filled with smoke and so at least ambassador stevens, perhaps other people, tried to get to the roof. and then at that point, we are told by one senior u.s. official that he is overcome by smoke, smoke inhalation and he later died. it's not clear pr
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